Tom Daley Calmly, Bravely Comes Out On His Own Terms
The diving star and international Boy-Next-Door, Tom Daley, decided to share another part of his personal life with the world. The Olympic medalist simply prefaced the video with "This has been a hard decision to make, but I wanted you to hear this from me." An appropriate and mature way to explain his decision to come out through a personal video on Youtube. Our words get twisted by what others say so often, so it makes sense Daley would want to come out on his own terms.
I admire stars who come out with the world watching them. Showing your differences can be risky for anyone, but when millions of people follow your every move and have your face plastered on their walls, I can't imagine how difficult it might be to share that kind of information. Meeting our own expectations is grueling enough, but to meet the world's as well? No thanks. Yet, people still do it. Jason Collins did it, Robbie Rogers did it Wanda Sykes did it, and as this video proves, stars continue to do it. Why? Because it's getting easier.
It's getting easier because more people are doing it. Accepting who you are inside ironically becomes easier when others lead the way. Celebrities have the burden of influence thrust upon them as soon as they step into the limelight, and those who find the nerve to love themselves and openly admit deserve a lot of credit.
Way to go, Daley, and anyone else who showed some serious self-love today!